August 26, 2019

Kristi Kates | Author


Ed Sheeran Wins the Touring Game

Jan. 19, 2019

The numbers are in, and not only did Ed Sheeran win 2018 in the tour department, he’s also technically the “winner” of the past 30 years of touring, according to Pollstar’s box office research. Sheeran performed mostly solo on tour (with a few gues... Read More >>

Profile: Musician Jake Allen

Jan. 12, 2019

Jake Allen started experimenting with mixing boards when he was just six years old, in his dad’s home recording studio in Grayling. With parents who both played music, it might have seemed inevitable that he would gravitate toward the same pursuit. It was. By the time he’d pic... Read More >>

Teenage Fanclub – Man-Made – Merge

Jan. 12, 2019

 

The Scottish alternative rock outfit wound up 2018 by releasing this special edition vinyl pressing right before the year ended, with a dual press effort on both the band’s own EU PeMa label and Merge in America. The trio recorded this set in Chicago with John McEntir... Read More >>

Lamar, Gaga, Drake, Lead Grammys Pack

Jan. 12, 2019

The complete list of 2019 Grammy Award nominees has been revealed, showing Kendrick Lamar at the top of the list, with eight nods, most due to his work on Black Panther: The Album. Right behind him is Lady Gaga, with eight nominations, prima... Read More >>

  Walk the Moon– What If Nothing– RCA

Jan. 5, 2019

Right from the album’s first track (the aptly named, earnest “Press Restart”), Walk the Moon immediately stakes its claim to the third of their album releases by throwing down some unswerving hooks on tunes like first single, “One Foot,” and the impudent &ldq... Read More >>

Arctic Monkeys Go Warp Speed

Jan. 5, 2019

Arctic Monkeys have released a brand new short rockumentary called Warp Speed Chic. Directed by Ben Chappell, the doc features a mini selection of live performances from the band’s recent tour dates, plus some studio and behind-the-scenes c... Read More >>

The Hold Steady – Stay Positive (Deluxe Edition) – Vagrant

Dec. 29, 2018

If you’re a vinyl collector and a Hold Steady fan, make this your next purchase. This 10th anniversary reissue of the band’s standout Stay Positive set is jampacked with, well … loads of jams, broken down into three LPs that bring together the original album, t... Read More >>

Tune-Yards Release “Mango” and More

Dec. 29, 2018

Tune-Yards, currently wrapping up its tour with David Byrne (of Talking Heads) and U.S. Girls, has been busy in the studio as of late, releasing not only its new single, “Mango” (a collaboration with Lakeith S... Read More >>

Gwen Stefani – You Make it Feel Like Christmas – Interscope

Dec. 15, 2018

Stefani ups the ante on the holiday by releasing a special deluxe edition of this set that includes five new tracks, including two original holiday tunes penned by Stefani (the winsome “Secret Santa” and “Cheer for the Elves,” a nod to Santa’s little helpers)... Read More >>

Santa Kaskade Is Back With Holiday Tunes

Dec. 15, 2018

DJ extraordinairre Kaskade presented his first holiday collection of tracks last year, and now he’s returned with another set for this December, simply titled Kaskade Christmas 2018. Kaskade puts some excellent new spins on many of your favorite familiar ho... Read More >>

Backstreet Boys – DNA – RCA

Dec. 8, 2018

They’re not quite boys any more, but the Backstreet … er, men … are keeping a tight hold on the harmony vocals and danceable rhythms that brought them worldwide acclaim. Their latest set is poised to generate a resurgence of interest in the group once it hits outlets i... Read More >>

California Mesmerizes Wolf Alice

Dec. 8, 2018

London indie-rock band Wolf Alice has been named the 2018 Mercury Music Prize winner for its second album effort, the critically and fan-acclaimed Visions of a Life. The band recorded the album throughout 2017, having transplanted themselves temporarily to Los An... Read More >>

Mumford and Sons – Delta – Glassnote

Dec. 1, 2018

Of course critics are going to be stomping around about Mumford and crew’s latest: How dare an established, successful band attempt to evolve? But thankfully, the band deftly does its own thing here, combining its earlier acoustic sensibilities and third album’s pop turn for a... Read More >>

Charli XCX Pops Into a Rockumentary

Dec. 1, 2018

Charlotte Aitchison, aka Charli XCX, is the latest singer featured in a new radio rock documentary from the BBC. The doc follows Charli on both her own recent tour, Pop 2, and went along with her as she served as opening act for Taylor Swift’s Reput... Read More >>

Ben Poole – Anytime You Need Me – Manhaton

Nov. 24, 2018

 

Poole’s latest is a somewhat short effort, with only eight songs, but the tracks themselves have enough depth that you’ll find this worth repeated listens. “Take It No More” is a tune that’s actually over a year old, and while good, it also sho... Read More >>

Avril Lavigne Returns

Nov. 24, 2018

After five years away from the music scene while she struggled with Lyme disease, Canadian singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne is back with the first single from her upcoming sixth album (title TBA). The track “Head Above Water” is an emotional and personal power ... Read More >>

Ready, Set, Shop!

Nov. 17, 2018

Looking to put some local gifts under your tree this year? Look no further: We've scoured the shops of northern Michigan to find a mix Up North classics and out-of-the-box surprises — at all price points — that'll excite everyone on your list. Behold: Our 2018 picks for 2... Read More >>

Macy Gray – Ruby– Artistry

Nov. 17, 2018

Gray, best known for her '90s hit “I Try,” a slice of unhurried soulful blues-pop imbued with regret and a catchy refrain, is back with more on her latest set. Album opener “Buddha,” featuring attentive guitar work from Gary Clark Jr., shows off Gray’s abilit... Read More >>

DG - Elbow - Ben Howard - Capital Cities

Nov. 10, 2018

Bad Moves–Tell No One – DG
Washington, D.C. outfit Bad Moves puts plenty of secrets into this power-pop outing – their debut full-length – and one that well shows off the interplay between the bandmates. By turns just punky enough to stay in t... Read More >>

Petoskey Native Stevens Teams Up With Gallant

Nov. 10, 2018

He might be a Brooklyn, NY kinda guy now, but indie-rock multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Sufjan Stevens has roots in Petoskey, even though he departed for bigger locales to kick-start his music career. Currently, Stevens has teamed up with Grammy-nominated musician Gallantto ... Read More >>